Residents are mandated under state law to recycle. Items collected include clear and colored glass, aluminum, tin and steel cans, plastic bottles, newspapers, and magazines. The items are picked up curbside once each month by Goodwill Industries. You can locate your street and pick-up day in the map above. Recycling cans are available at the Township Office. To find out your pick-up day, call the Township Office at 724-438-5480. If your day falls on a holiday, your recyclables will picked up on the Friday of the same week.
The glass, bi-metals and plastic must be rinsed and the labels removed from the bi-metals only. The lids must be removed from the glass and plastic. Recycling cans may be picked up at the Township Office on Township Drive.
Newspapers and magazines are to be bundled and bagged separately. Commercial businesses can also recycle corrugated cardboard along with the recyclable items listed above. Commercial businesses are picked up once per month on a schedule arranged by Goodwill Industries.
Starting in February, 2017, a $1.00 per month recycling charge will be assessed each household and business within South Union Township. This charge will be incorporated into residents’ monthly sewage bills. The charge will cover the operating deficit experienced by Goodwill Industries (the collector of recyclables) along with a portion of this fee that will be used to purchase needed recycling equipment and address other recycling related costs such as new recycling equipment and conducting an educational program. This fee is necessary due to the ever-increasing operational costs incurred by Goodwill Industries over the past five years. Goodwill has experienced a budget deficit that is unsustainable and they cannot continue to offer recycle services while losing money. One issue that has led to the financial deficit experienced by Goodwill is because of the lack of participation by residents in the recycling program. Less recyclable materials are collected, thereby resulting in less income that is generated from the sale of these processed recyclable materials. A public education program will be instituted in the upcoming months with the specific goal of encouraging all residents to recycle.